Gender & Communications in the Engineering Faculty


Ann Holmes, a consultant in education and social issues, worked with Valerie Davidson, the Ontario NSERC CWSE, to revise the "Gender Issues Training Kit" that had been developed as part of the Women into Engineering project. They co-facilitated workshops at two engineering faculties in the spring of 2006. The resources include a detailed agenda for the facilitator, handouts for participants and slides that were used to introduce the workshop.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) created a program of five regional Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) in 1996.The mandate of this program is broad, with objectives to address both the need to encourage girls and women into science and engineering careers, and the retention of women as valuable contributors to science and engineering. Valerie Davidson, Professor in the School of Engineering, University of Guelph held the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario from 2003 to 2011. She and her team developed the CWSE-ON program which focused on three different audiences: Early Enthusiasts - students in elementary and high school; Interested Intellectuals - women in undergraduate and graduate studies who are preparing for further education or careers in science and technology; and Productive Professionals - women in science and technology professions with a particular focus on women in the academy. Since Valerie has completed her term as Ontario Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, CWSE-ON resources have been placed in the Atrium for the others to use. The materials are organized by audience as well as general themes. The CWSE-ON program was supported by NSERC, Hewlett-Packard Canada (2003-2008) and Research in Motion (2008-2011).
women in engineering, communication, undergraduate